Sunday, February 19, 2017

External bleeding control

Trauma System News
TSN - By Catherine Musemche - February 9, 2017 
Forward Surgical Team and bleeding control
"UP TO 16 PERCENT of patients who die from hemorrhage might have been saved if bleeding had been recognized earlier and treated effectively.[4] Undetected internal bleeding into the abdomen or pelvis usually accounts for most of these preventable deaths. But a trauma victim can also bleed to death from external hemorrhage, like bleeding from an arm or leg that no one manages to control in time. Applying a tourniquet, a ten-second procedure, might have saved him...
The military’s MARCH protocol (Massive Hemorrhage, Airway, Respirations, Circulation, and Hypothermia) now instructs army medics to stop external bleeding before doing anything else. Direct pressure is applied first. If the bleeding continues and the source is an extremity, a tourniquet is applied above the site of bleeding..."